Quail Country Customs is your authorized BraunAbility dealer and we are proud to offer an extensive lineup of wheelchair accessible minivans and SUV’s. Our wheelchair accessible line -up includes the Chrysler Pacifica, the Dodge Grand Caravan, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and the Chevrolet Traverse.
Accessible Wheelchair Van Conversion
It will not be a surprise if one’s ultimate goal is prioritizing both wheelchair passengers and driver’s convenience to get around.
Handicap conversions vans, also known as wheelchair van or mobility vans, reap the benefits of accessible transportation for wheelchair users. It is a vehicle that has gone through a specific type of modification process. Its name refers to either a full-size van or a minivan specially engineered to allow easy access for wheelchair passengers. This vehicle’s engineering may include structural modifications to its exterior, interior, and control areas. Although it may sound easy and straightforward, converting a vehicle is an intensive, complicated process. Remember, not all van conversion companies build their products to the equivalent standards of quality and safety.
Making a purchase is not an easy task, and knowing your options and the vital aspects you should consider would help you make a better decision. Below is a list of the most common concerns customers have that may help if you are wondering if a van conversion is an appropriate solution to your needs.
How is a Handicap Van Conversion Built?
Many vehicle modification companies offer customers various options if they want a custom build for a full-size wheelchair conversion van. To ensure a duplicable quality for outstanding ownership experience for every customer, BraunAbility builds their handicap van conversion using an assembly line method, both machine and by hand. The final converted van will allow passengers who use wheelchairs to have convenient access to reliable transportation.
How does a traditional van become a BraunAbility accessible vehicle?
The first step in converting a wheelchair van is to remove the existing seating from the vehicle and the interior panels. Exposed surfaces are completely covered to protect them from scrapes and heat during the process of modification.
After removing the seats, the van's floor is lowered, and custom interior paneling is followed. This step is essential to achieve the right blend between the original vehicle and BraunAbility wheelchair van conversion seamlessly.
A high-strength ramp is installed afterward. This ramp can be placed either in the rear or the passenger slide door area and can be made available as either a foldout or infloor option on most vehicle models.
In a side-entry conversion, the rear bench seat is reinstalled, and typically the driver and front passenger seats are mounted on raised platforms. Both seats are removable and can be done by the vehicle owner with no sweat. It would be allowing for floor plan flexibility from one side to another. The back portion of the vehicle is the only part that has a lowered floor in a rear-entry conversion, so the front row seats remain as it is and steady.
A custom-molded ground effect panels are added to both the driver and passenger sides, integrating the design, to disguise the lowered floor extension on the vehicle's exterior.
No matter what wheelchair conversion van you choose (Chrysler, Dodge, Chevrolet, Toyota, or Honda), your best-in-class BraunAbility delivers the best customer experience with the best products manufactured with uncompromised standards.
The wait time to receive your accessible vehicle can vary depending on the current order influx and shipping availability. Your BraunAbility dealer can give you an estimate at the time of order. The average wheelchair van conversion process for a customer-supplied vehicle is usually six weeks.
BraunAbility dealers maintain a stock of wheelchair accessible vehicles converted and ready for immediate delivery in their showrooms or lots. What’s interesting is that you can choose a vehicle and ramp styles you want to try out, allowing you to determine which vehicle meets your needs.
Absolutely! Just make sure to contact a Product Specialist or call your trustworthy BraunABility agent first to ensure that the vehicle you will be purchasing can be converted at your selected conversion company. BraunAbility mobility consultant’s inventory is the best first step to finding the vehicle conversion that fits best for you and your needs.
Possibly, but certain conditions must be met since BraunAbility can convert specific models only. The vehicle must also pass an age range requirement and have less than 50,000 miles on the odometer. Contact your BraunAbility Product Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 488-0359 to determine if your vehicle is eligible for BraunAbility conversion.
It is essential to know that a wheelchair ramp is just one aspect of the significant reengineering process required to create an accessible van. So, manually adding a ramp to your van is an absolute no, no. Remember, a standard minivan has door opening and interior height that are too low, and a user in a wheelchair would undoubtedly not fit. Besides, the ramp angle would be so large the wheelchair user would not be able to roll up or down the ramp.
The modification process in a wheelchair van/handicap accessible vehicle includes lowering the floor to create a larger door opening and seated height for wheelchair users. Teams of well-trained and skilled technicians work together to produce a wheelchair accessible vehicle with a lowered floor, extended doorway height, integrated wiring, a heavy-duty handicap ramp, and reconfigured seating blending well with the original design of the van. Without these additional vehicle modifications, a wheelchair user would not enter and exit the vehicle comfortably, eliminating your goal to provide both the passenger and driver convenient access to travel.
Like BraunAbility’s wheelchair accessible vehicles and other seating products, wheelchair lifts are only available and sold through 200+ certified mobility dealers located across the United States and Canada and installed by our credible technicians. If you have a wheelchair vehicle lift installed or serviced by an outside source rather than a BraunAbility accredited technician, you are at risk of voiding the lift’s warranty.
Nice people that are experts in vehicle conversions and accessibility! They are literally the only ones in Middle Georgia. No joke. The. Only. Ones. Otherwise you have to end up in Albany (also their business) or in Marietta. These guys will get you rolling with a pretty quick turnaround. Make sure you bring your driving certification and recommended modifications sheets from your driver eval person (or your drive evaluation person can email it). You can't get mods done without those!
This company was amazing. The gentleman that helped us provided great customer service. He explained things so well to us and he took his time. Thank you for a great visit.
Quail County Customs installed the lift for my electric wheelchair and did a great job. My last visit was for a warranty issue. The retractor motor is weak and needs to be replaced. This is being done under warranty. No problem. Excellent service.
Very nice people to do business with.
My lift on the back of my Ford F150 was given me problems. I called they told me to come on out any time. I drove straight over and they directed me to the drive entrance of the building. I was in and out in under 15 minutes. Thanks Quail Country Customs job well done. Great customer service every time.
Was looking for a wheelchair-accessible van for my wife found the perfect vehicle
An excellent company to work with. They care about their customers. Hats off to Joe Butler for his great help.
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The mobility professionals at Quail Country Customs are extended family, there to keep you safely on-the-go no matter where or when you need them.
Why choose BraunAbility?
Because our credible technicians are beyond knowledgeable when it comes to wheelchair conversion vans and never fails to provide an output with a meticulous priority on quality and safety, BraunAbility was voted the Most Trusted Brand in Mobility and the most recommended to friends and family in a survey conducted last 2016. Undoubtedly, with BraunABility, customers are provided with the best services available on the market.